Puget Sound eelgrass beds create a ‘halo’ with fewer harmful algae, new method shows

Eelgrass, a species of seagrass named for its long slippery texture, is one of nature’s superheroes. It offers shade and camouflage for young fish, helps anchor shorelines, and provides food and habitat for many marine species.
A University of Washington study adds one more superpower to the list of eelgrass abilities: warding off the toxin-producing algae that regularly close beaches to shellfish harvests. 

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Q&A with Bridget Harding

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
Growing up in the scorching, drought-stricken Sonoran Desert made my annual family trip to San Diego really special. I was always amazed by the waves, the seashells, and the pure joy everyone experiences at the beach. When I finally visited my first aquarium (shoutout to the Birch Aquarium!) I became even more fascinated with the world below the waves. 

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On Thursday, June 11, 2020 the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs held its graduation ceremony via Zoom. A welcome was given by SMEA Director, Nives Dolsak, followed by opening remarks from the College of the Environment Dean, Lisa Graumlich, and a special keynote speaker. Graduating students Charlotte Dohrn and Sallie Lau were nominated as the class of 2020 student speakers. 

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SMEA Faculty Meeting, June 4, 2020

The School of Marine & Environmental Affairs will hold its faculty meeting Thursday, June 4, 12:00 – 1:05 pm. Please see below for details on how to join;
Zoom Online Meeting
Phone In
Meeting ID: 999 0903 5676
A copy of the meeting agenda can be found here. 

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New Map Helps People Find Local Seafood

A new tool through the University of Washington Sustainable Fisheries initiative compiles information about where to find seafood using a map to easily track down local, sustainable catch for delivery or direct sales. An article about the initiative in Forbes explains “The goal of the map is to support small seafood businesses by making their transition to direct sales just a little bit easier”. 

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Hayes receives 2020 Best Dissertation Honorable Mention from Public Management Research Association

Congratulations to SMEA Postdoctoral Scholar Adam Hayes for receiving the 2020 Best Dissertation Honorable Mention from the Public Management Research Association. Hayes’s dissertation, entitled Four Essays on Decentralized Markets in Management and Policy, empirically examines the information brokers in creating and facilitating markets to achieve policy goals. Dr. Hayes examines municipal bond markets and fishing quota markets to analyze these dynamics. 

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College of the Environment Third Annual Environmental Justice Conference

The College of the Environment will host its third annual environmental justice conference virtually on Tuesday, May 19, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
Among the workshops offered will be one by SMEA’s own Professor Cleo Woelfle-Erskine and Program on the Environment Lecturer Eli Wheat. They will lead a workshop in block II titled Queer Ecologies: Solidarity, Science, Politics.
The full conference agenda can be accessed here. 

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SMEA Faculty Meeting May 7, 2020

The School of Marine & Environmental Affairs will hold its faculty meeting Thursday, May 7, 12:00 – 1:10 pm. Please see below for details on how to join;
Zoom Online Meeting
Phone In
Meeting ID: 925 4640 4529
A copy of the meeting agenda can be found here. 

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Students to Present Thesis Work

On Friday, May 8th and Friday, June 5th, students in the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs will offer their findings in their final thesis presentations. Students have been conducting their research for over a year under the guidance of their faculty advisor, as well as other faculty members and industry professionals.
Those presenting on May 8th, including links to their Zoom presentation are below:

Time Slot
Student Name
Thesis Title

Charlotte Dohrn
Olympia oyster restoration: habitat suitability and climate considerations
Terrie Klinger/Sunny Jardine

Emily Buckner
Community Science and Stable Isotopes Analysis: Investigating Spatial Foraging Patterns of a Puget Sound Seabird
Terrie Klinger/Ryan Kelly/Paul Chittaro

Chris Dailey
Regional and climate-driven factors affecting the timing of sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) smolt migrations in Alaska
Terrie Klinger/Tom Quinn

Abby Jahn
Do Pacific Salmon Hatchery Programs Work for Their Intended Purpose? 

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A white, adult man is wearing a green jacket, orange turtle neck, a blue backpack, black hat with sunglasses propped on the brim, and is holding ski poles in each hand. He's shown from the waist up standing on snow with trees in the background.

Q&A with Henry Bell

Why did you decide to pursue a Master of Marine Affairs?
After college, I spent four months in the Caribbean conducting environmental research and filming a documentary to raise awareness about some of the more pressing issues facing marine
environments. In 2016, I began teaching marine policy to undergraduates in the South Pacific for Sea Education Association, an ocean research and sailing program. 

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